Growing your hair out doesn’t have to be a chore, but it is a full-time commitment. We’re here to help you get through the “ugly hair stage” a little more gracefully. Before we get to the fun part, let’s make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to keep your luscious locks healthy throughout the growth process. Do: take daily vitamins and get regular trims. (Duh.) Don’t: get anywhere near peroxide-heavy hair dyes, chlorine or saltwater, or perms. Not too bad, right? Okay here’s the big one. Raise your hand if you use a straightener, curling iron, blow dryer, or individual curlers. These hot devices are the quickest way to damage pretty tresses. When possible allow your wet mane some air time and only finish off the ends with a blow dryer. If you must use a straightener, try to only break it out for special occasions and always apply a heat styling product. (Note: Going to Whole Foods to “accidentally” run into a cute hipster in aisle five is not a special occasion.)
Let’s not panic. When we take away one vice, we give you another in return–accessories! Headbands, scarves, and hats. Oh my! This will make all the difference between looking like a news reporter on Channel 10 or a chic head-turning trendsetter. American Apparel has the most amazing twist scarves on the planet for only $14. Bend your scarf into bows, bunny ears, or a tiny rosette. You can’t go wrong.
Cute clips are another great way to showcase your fashion sense while camouflaging your awkward hair phase. Take a cue from the spring 2011 runways with a retro 1970′s side part complete with a statement-making barrette. Tip: Make sure the barrettes aren’t super tight to keep the damage to a minimum. Bon chance mon amis!